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Beatrice Berler

Beatrice Berler went back to school at age 45, becoming an award-winning translator of Spanish novels and history as well as an activist for adult literacy. After graduating high school in 1932, Berler became a buyer for a lingerie store and then for women’s sportswear. In 1956, she began college at Trinity University in San Antonio, earning a master’s in foreign languages and history. She co-translated three novels by Mariano Azuela and translated The Conquest of Mexico: A Modern Rendering of William H. Prescott’s History in 1988 and They Are Coming…The Conquest of Mexico, for which she won a special award from the New York Public Library, in 1993. As president of Brandeis University’s National Women’s Committee from 1971–1973, she organized 65,000 volunteers to fundraise for the Brandeis libraries. At the same time, she organized a project to bring books to correctional facilities, sending four million novels to thirty prisons. She also organized an annual fundraiser for the San Antonio Public Library. She was repeatedly honored for her efforts on behalf of libraries and literacy by various library associations and by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death
September 11, 2000

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Beatrice Berler." (Viewed on December 15, 2018) <>.


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